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a criminal; wrongdoer
[via Old French from Latin, from malefacere to do evil]
malefactress fem n
mal•e•fac•tor (ˈmæl əˌfæk tər)
1. a person who violates the law; criminal.
2. a person who does evil.
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A JUDGE having sentenced a Malefactor to the penitentiary was proceeding to point out to him the disadvantages of crime and the profit of reformation.
Meanwhile, lest anything should really be amiss, or any malefactor seek to escape by the back, you and the boy must go round the corner with a pair of good sticks and take your post at the laboratory door.
"Then," said Treville, "it was also for your Majesty's service that one of my Musketeers, who was innocent, has been seized, that he has been placed between two guards like a malefactor, and that this gallant man, who has ten times shed his blood in your Majesty's service and is ready to shed it again, has been paraded through the midst of an insolent populace?
Maledicta est expositio quae corrumpit textum
malefactormalefactor under suspension of sentence
Maleficia non debent remanere impunita
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